Festival of Indonesia: Unity in Diversity

The Festival of Indonesia had an excellent turnout. The goal was to spread awareness of the rich cultural diversity of the Indonesian islands and it did just that. The food stalls filled with halls with the Indonesian cuisine’s unique aromas, while the other stalls ranged from clothes and jewelry to art and decorative items. Indonesians from all around the...

The first ever Hello Kitty Convention in the world

On November 2nd, Sanrio celebrated their famous character’s 40th anniversary by hosting the very first Hello Kitty convention in Los Angeles, California. This sold out event featured themed art exhibits, food, workshops, and exclusive products. Yuko Yamaguchi, the main designer of Hello Kitty even made an appearance to give hundreds of lucky ticket holders a personalized autograph! Hello Kitty...

Japanese culture, food, and excitement at the Orlando Japan Festival

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
The Orlando Japan Festival is an annual event put on by the Japan Association of Orlando, the local Orlando Japanese community, and is one of my favorite events of the year – where you can have a taste of the street food from Japan like takoyaki octopus balls to gyu don beef rice bowls, and of course sushi, all...

Illustration to spread ramen love

I am a noodle freak. I crave for noodle almost everyday. I like to try different kinds of noodle, but nothing can beat ramen! That's the reason why I designed The Ramen Poster, the first ramen poster that introduced 25 different regional ramen recipes in Japan.  After making the first ramen poster, my passion for ramen did not end...

Japanese Kabuki Spectacle Premieres at Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas

The Kabuki Spectacle performance of Koi-Tsukami Renowned Japanese Kabuki actors Somegoro Ichikawa and Yonekichi Nakamura will clash with the giant carp from an impressive 165-foot stage constructed inside Lake Bellagio during the 30-minute production Vivid visual imagery set on water using 15 Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors, reaching nearly 60 feet in height and 984 feet in length. Panasonic presents with Shochiku, renowned global Kabuki...

REACH powered by Asia Trend Dragon Boat Team demonstrates the real team work

Despite having the youngest and lightest crew, REACH managed to surpass expectations once again this year. We raced a 2:31:51 time our first race, 7 seconds faster than our team record, a time we would have considered inconceivable before the festival. Dragon boat racing is a fulfilling experience. Every paddler is equally important because every person on a 20 paddler...

Realistic Animal Lollipops Created By ‘Amezaiku’ Artist Shinri Tezuka 浅草・飴細工アメシン

Ameshin candy shop in Tokyo that offers traditional Japanese amezaiku, a form of artisanal candy making that dates back to the 8th century when the edible objects were offered at temples or given as gifts. The lollipops and other confectionary animals and fish are made by the shop’s owner, Shinri Tezuka, 26, is one of the few artists keeping...

CHRISTMAS illumination in Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden

CHRISTMAS illumination in Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden
Tokyo Midtown’s annual Christmas celebration returns with the same theme as last year “Someone is somebody’s Santa Claus” – presumably because they’d like you to buy something from one of the high end shops in the Galleria shopping center. The highlight of the event – as always – is the “Starlight Garden”.  The 2,000m² midtown park square (behind the complex)...

Asian community of Orlando celebrates the 5th annual Asian Cultural Festival at the Orlando Fashion Square

Orlando, Florida – Thousands of Central Floridian Asian Americans, their friends, neighbors and guests congregated at the Orlando Fashion Square last May 7, to celebrate the Asian American Heritage Month, traditionally a presidential proclamation every May to acknowledge and recognize the various national contributions of skills, talents, and vitality of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the United States. Event...

Spectacular Chinese Culture Variety Shows at Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College

For the celebration of Chinese Mid-autumn Festival and “Confucius Institute Day”, two grand Chinese culture and art shows were held by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College, at Wolfson and at Kendall campuses on September 25th and 26th, respectively. The show, given by the performing troupe from Jiangsu Normal University in China, was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters...
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